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  • Oryol oblast on the Russia's map
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    Life and death of an independent newspaper in Oryol
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    Written by: Elena Godlevskaya All articles by Elena Godlevskaya

    In 2004, some local journalists in Oryol founded an independent newspaper ‘for those who want the truth’. Although it sold well, members of staff were subject to threats, bribes, attacks and arson. Still, it lasted four years.

  • President Shaimiev explains his resignation
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    Winter Storm in Tatarstan
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    Written by: Oleg Pavlov All articles by Oleg Pavlov

    Jobs are scarce, pension rises mediocre and the local authorities have even taken away the Christmas trees. But despite the disquiet, appetite for protest in Tatarstan remains low, says Oleg Pavlov

  • Oryol region on the map
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    Fleeced. A letter from the Russian provinces
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    Written by: Elena Godlevskaya All articles by Elena Godlevskaya

    Corruption has always been part of Russian life, and the Oryol region today just offers a rather extreme example, says Elena Godlevskaya. Some of the main perpetrators have been named, but the punishment being meted out to them is a joke.

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    Perm blaze sets Russia alight
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    Written by: Elena Strelnikova All articles by Elena Strelnikova

    The recent catastrophic fire at the Lame Horse nightclub in Perm grabbed national headlines. Local authorities all over Russia are suddenly having to get their act together, says Elena Strelnikova

  • Orenburg Railway Station
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    Panicking about swine flu in Orenburg
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    Written by: Elena Strelnikova All articles by Elena Strelnikova

    The region is gripped by swine flu panic, much of it orchestrated, in the opinion of Elena Strelnikova. But every cloud has a silver lining – we’re all having unscheduled holidays

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    Life with a Heart Complaint
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    Written by: Elena Godlevskaya All articles by Elena Godlevskaya

    Life in Oryol has changed little since Ivan Turgenev wrote about it 160 years ago, though the villages he described are disappearing. Earlier this year President Medvedev removed the governor who had been in place for 16 years and some of his officials are now on trial. The resulting snap elections may well benefit the communist party, says Elena Godlevskaya

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